Structure of the Program
The Academy offers 3-week summer study sessions for those interested in furthering their knowledge on the philosophical backdrop of different European national public law systems, as well as on their commonalities and differences. Students may attend one session to earn a Certificate of Attendance in European Public Law, or attend two consecutive summer sessions to obtain the Intensive International Master of Laws (I.I.LL.M.) in European Public Law.
The Program is composed of two 1-week intensive teaching sessions and a one Guest Lecture on different topics. At the end of each session, students must undertake an examination, which will be in the form of an essay, marked on a pass/fail or distinction basis. The final session will be held in Sounion where students will attend the Annual Reunion of the European Group of Public Law.
To obtain the Certificate of Attendance, students must participate in one Academy study session (3 weeks of classes) and fulfill all of the program’s requirements, including regular attendance in all classes, active participation during the courses and successful completion of the essays.
As the topics and lecturers of the study sessions vary from year to year, many students choose to attend the sessions more than once. Recurring attendees are also awarded the Certificate of Attendance.
The Intensive International Master of Law I.I.LL.M
The Intensive International Master of Law (I.I.LL.M) in European Public Law is a Master’s level degree, which covers highly specialized topics addressed to graduates, post-graduates and PhD students. The aim is to enable students to gain a better understanding of the recent developments in European Public Law, thus propelling their academic or professional career forward. The program is exclusively delivered by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), an International Organization with longstanding expertise in the field of European Public Law. The program is endorsed by the 64 universities throughout the world that sit on the EPLO’s Board of Directors and send students to the Academy of European Public Law each year.
How to obtain the I.I.LL.M
To obtain the I.I.LL.M. students are obliged to attend 2 Academy study sessions of a 3-week duration each (6 weeks in total), successfully complete all assignments as well as produce a dissertation and defend it before an ad hoc international jury panel.
The Academy study sessions are conducted annually during the months of August and September. I.I.LL.M. Candidates are required to attend and successfully pass two study sessions and, in the months in between, produce their dissertation.
In order to accommodate participants with their professional commitments, the I.I.LL.M does not have to be completed within two consecutive summers. In addition, students may choose to produce their dissertation following the attendance of the second study session. In this case, students have to defend their dissertation no later than two years following their attendance of the second study session.
If for example, an I.I.LL.M candidate chooses to attend the 2018 study session and the 2020 study session, then he must defend his dissertation no longer than on the 2022 study session.
Besides the regular attendance of all classes, students will be required to produce one essay for each of the 1-week intensive courses taught every summer in order to meet the Academy requirements. Students’ essays will be assessed on a pass/fail or distinction basis.
Essay questions are the ideal form of testing because they require students to demonstrate their critical-thinking skills and to use the language precisely. The production of the essay is conceived as an iterative process that requires the students to do the course readings in advance, work on a first essay draft before the program’ start and finalize their work while attending the courses at the Academy.
Due to the fact that class attendance is mandatory, participants will have limited time to work on their assignment during the week. Therefore, we strongly advise students to start to prepare their essays before the start of the program. Please also note that the day immediately after the end of the two intensive courses, there will be no class so that student may use available free time to complete and submit the essays.
Essay should be drafted in English, should be word-processed and be maximum 2000 words long. The texts should be presented in: Times New Roman 11pt font, 1.5 spaced, text justified. All academic work should be referenced and cited. Deadlines for submission of the essays are available at the page Session 2018.
By participating in the Academy I.L.L.M program the student is given the chance to have his/her written work selected for publication in a widely acknowledged edition such as the “Academy of European Public Law Series“, a special edition of the “European Review of Public Law“.
Following the participation to the first study session, students are given the opportunity to defend their dissertations in front of an ad hoc jury panel. The dissertations’ defense always takes place during the period of study sessions.
Every I.I.LL.M candidate is assigned a supervisor, who is also a member of the European Group of Public Law (EGPL).
Under the advice of the Academy Secretariat, the candidate identifies the potential EGPL member who can act as her/his supervisor.
As a first step, students are requested to notify the Academy Secretariat by February 28 the latest that, they intend to defend their thesis at the upcoming study session, and to provide the following information:
- indicate the EGPL member acting as her/his supervisor
- the language of the dissertation
- the title or topic of the thesis
The dissertation final draft should be submitted no later than July 13 of the year the student is defending it. In addition to the dissertation, a short summary of it (2/3 pages) and the supervisor’s evaluation letter on the dissertation should be submitted by the same deadline.
Students should also bring three hard-paper copies of their dissertation final draft for the oral assessment.
Compliance with all procedures, deadlines, and requirements established by the Academy of European Public Law is mandatory.
Dissertations can be written in one of the working languages of the European Review of Public Law, i.e. English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German or Italian, following consultation with the Academy’s Secretariat, and should not be less than 22,000 words and no more than 30,000 words.
Students whose dissertation does not comply with the above mentioned length criteria, or students requesting a deadline extension for submitting their dissertation draft, should file a formal request in the form of a letter addressed to the Curatorium, via the Academy’s Secretariat, explaining the reasons for not complying with the guidelines, along with their assigned supervisor’s opinion. The Curatorium will subsequently decide whether or not to accept the student’s dissertation.
• The texts should be presented in: Times New Roman 11pt font, 1.5 spaced, text justified. Paragraphs should not be indented. Please use footnotes rather than endnotes, using Times New Roman font, size 10. Cross-references should refer to the relevant section of the dissertation or to the exact footnote number and not to a page number of the dissertation.
• All references, cross-references and citations should be checked by the authors before the submission of their articles.
• Final decisions on formatting matters, or matters of grammar, punctuation etc. that are not mentioned in this document are to be taken by the Editors.
Students whose dissertation will be selected for publication in the Academy of European Public Law Series, will be invited in due time, by the EPLO Editions Office, to submit the final version of their dissertation. This should be accompanied by a short abstract -of no more than 200 words-, outlining the content of their dissertation and giving a brief presentation of the author’s professional/academic qualification, as well as a few key words.